Relationship violence doesn't usually start with a slap or even a shove. It's much more subtle. Red flags* are not always easy to identify, especially if they are not glaringly obvious. In most cases, the red flag can be misinterpreted before the behavior escalates into violence. If you notice any of the following behaviors in your relationship or those of friend, it is time to get help.
All of these behaviors are warning signs. Red flags are the behaviors that lead to physical violence. Any or all of these signs are indicative of an unhealthy relationship. If you or a friend is in a relationship where these behaviors are occurring, help is available. Contact the Counseling Center to schedule an appointment to figure out what you would like to do and talk through your options at 410.543.6070.
* Red flags are adapted from materials developed by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project.